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From Dust to Easter Dawn

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Posted by Jennifer Gross on

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in ...

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Tags: death, easter, grace, hope, joy, love, new life, transformation

Being and Doing

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Posted by Thomas Winterstein on

Our world never stops. As we walk through our lives, we often amiably subscribe to the philosophy of “we work hard, we play hard.” But what does that really mean? Do we sacrifice our well-being for the sake of our society’s call for activity and action? If we are honest, the ...

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Tags: life work balance, living slow, missional, nothern virginia, peace

Listen? Listen!

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Posted by Carol Schmidt on

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”  Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an ...

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Tags: god's voice, holy spirit, listen, obedience

Is there Hope for Haiti

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Posted by John Durkin on

Picture this: you’re riding in a van in bumper-to-bumper traffic on dirt road full of potholes and garbage. On each side, you see motorcycles, trucks, and vans stacked with people. The people are so close you can hear them brushing up against your vehicle. The sides of the road are teeming ...

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Tags: hope, love in action, mission, service, village of hope

Angel in the Storm

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Posted by John Schmidt on

Maybe I'm an angel­—or maybe one was riding on my shoulders. In the late 1960's, while attending college at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI, I drove school bus for the Mt Pleasant Public Schools to cover my student expenses. My run from Rosebush, MI, back to Mt. ...

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Rooted and Established in Love

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Posted by Jennifer Gross on

My childhood pastor died a few months ago. I hadn’t thought of him much recently, except in    passing, when my mother would say, “I guess Norm Huff isn’t doing so well.” I would joke, “boy, when he passes away, it will be the biggest funeral Tyrone has ...

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Hardwired and Gifted!

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Posted by Stacey Crosson on

God has hardwired you uniquely to build His kingdom! Do you believe that? What is it that you alone bring to the world? What do you have a passion for? One of my nieces texted me a couple months ago.  She's a pilot for the U.S. Air Force and was flying into Dulles.  I had ...

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Tags: epiphany, gifts, serve. service, shine, spiritual gifts

The Prince of Peace

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Posted by Stacey Crosson on

“And His name shall be called the Prince of Peace…”  Isaiah 9:6 Peace…when you hear that word, where does it take you?      Is it a moment when all seemed right and complete?      Is it a person you know who embodies a sense ...

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Our Values, God's Values

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Posted by Doug Seemann on

The other day, I was struck by a statement from a friend: “It is important to stick to our values.” The implication was that values are a constant, unchanging set of rules, and that everyone should know them. But in my experience, everyone has different values. So I decided to look ...

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Tags: christian living, greatest commandment, love, love for god, values

Election Angst

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Posted by Tom Lambiase on

Was “your” candidate victorious? Chances are about 50/50 the answer is yes/no. Did you pray, vote, pray (in that order), or did you leave things totally to chance? As a Christian, I believe that the answer to all life’s questions can be found in the Bible, God’s Living ...

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Tags: election, god's plan, leaders, leadership, the bible

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